|Aztec warriors dance at Aztec/Mayan celebration at Kukulkan in Mexico (ABC.net.au).|
|This pictographic stone "Mayan Calendar" is actually Aztec (pre-Mexican). Mayans had others.|
"Mexika New Year" is the Aztec New Year festival (like Nowruz which marks spring).
UPDATE: It was a fabulous day at the festival. We learned much. First, it's only called "East" Los Angeles because it's east of the Los Angeles River, on the "wrong side of the tracks," as it were. One moment it's downtown, cross a bridge and it's suddenly ELA. The real eastern edge of LA is Montclair, 50 miles away. Next to White Memorial Hospital and an extraordinary book haven called Libros Schmibros Lending Library is a square where mariachis-for-hire wander.
Today the drums were beating, and real Aztec dancers were moving in full regalia. We shot video, took workshops to learn about the literature of pre-Colombus America in Nahuatl with CSUN Prof. Sandoval, and really learned about indigenous L.A., a history of a people here lost to nearly everyone, even in the remaining community.
- Mexika New Year, 10:00 am-10:00 pm
- Mariachi Plaza (at Boyle and 1st St.)
- 1817 E. 1st St., Los Angeles 90033
|Native Mexican-American dancer, L.A.|
(Simon Mendoza) Mexica New Year, Aztec dance 2016, Los Angeles, California.
|Aztec woman, a Los Angeles Latina, a Native Queen of Angels (limitstogrowth.org)|
|Quetzalcoatl dancing (like Shiva Nataraj)|
On display will be some of the best contemporary Native Mexican and urban musical performances that have come out of the barrios (Latin neighborhoods) of Los Angeles. There will also be some of the most talented artists and muralists from the "inner city" and surrounding areas representing the city's many indigenous cultures throughout North-, Central-, and South America.
The local celebration of the Mexika New Year first emerged in 1998 east of the Los Angeles River. A collective of Chicano artists and pro-indigenous activists organized an array of cultural events and workshops shared throughout the community with the aim of reconnecting with lost identities in Native indigenous cultures.
|The stone calendar has great meaning.|
The celebration includes a sunrise ceremony with traditional Aztec dance or danza Azteca to honor the Spring Equinox and the old world's traditional New Year. There will be a concert of mixed musical genres: hip hop, ska, reggae, and rock.
The greater Los Angeles community and the world is warmly welcome to attend. Come see, hear, smell, touch, and taste the magnificent diversity of indigenous Native Mexican-American culture. It's family fun for everyone! Admission is FREE for all.